Friday, May 18, 2018

New Generation Photography Award

Three outstanding photographers, winners of the New Generation Photography Award, were in Toronto with a display of their works on view during the Toronto Scotiabank Contact Photography Festival. The artists chosen for this award were Elisa Julia Gilmor from Toronto, Meryl McMaster from Ottawa and Deanna Pizzitelli from Ottawa and their work is at the OCAD Onsite Gallery at 199 Wellington Street West from May 5 to June 17, 2018. The winners gather with the program sponsors in the photo at top during a special exhibition on Thursday, May 17, 2018.
New Generation Photography Award winners Deanne Pizzitelli, Meryl McMaster and Elisa Julia Gilmor

Scotiabank, along with the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada, presented the first annual award to support young Canadian artists, under 30, working in lens-based art. Each winner received a $10,000 prize and an exhibition at the National Gallery of Canada's Canadian Photography Institute PhotoLab. Scotiabank became the Founding Partner of the Canadian Photograpy Institute of the National Gallery of Canada with a donation of $10 million which allowed for the New Generation Photography Award and also highlighted Scotiabank's continued support of both the arts and young people in Canada.
Award winner Meryl McMaster with OCAD University President Sara Diamond stand near some of Meryl's photographs
Darcy thanks Scotiabank and said it was not an easy job picking the winner and that the award will help young people pursue their dreams.

To be considered for the award photographers had to be Canadian citizens or permanent residents that have exhibited their lens-based art and were each nominated for the competition. The jury, led by Luce Lebart of the Canadian Photography Institute, included experts, artists, community leaders like Professer Robert Bean of NSCAD, artist Stan Douglas and Elena Navarro, Director of FotoMexico with Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City, judged the 24 photographers in this year's competition.

John Doig, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at Scotiabank. said “On behalf of Scotiabank, I am delighted to congratulate Elisa Julia Gilmour, Meryl McMaster and Deanna Pizzitelli, on being named the recipients of the inaugural New Generation Photography Award. At Scotiabank, we are deeply passionate about supporting the arts in Canada and nurturing the infinite potential of our country’s young visionaries. These three inspiring artists offer unique insight into how young Canadians perceive the world, and we look forward to seeing the story their group exhibitions at the National Gallery of Canada and Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival will tell.”

And here is some information about the winners as provided by New Generation Photography Award people.

"Elisa Julia Gilmour is an emerging Canadian artist producing still and moving images. Her work engages with the notion of ephemerality through gestural storytelling. Her most recent project, Éperdument (Madly) (2016), which included a three-channel video installation and a publication of short stories, investigates how a Corsican mythological figure has enlivened a contemporary sense of identity. She has exhibited at the Art Museum at the University of Toronto, the Ryerson Image Centre and the Art Gallery of Mississauga."

"Meryl McMaster is a Canadian-based artist and photography graduate from the Ontario College of Art and Design. She was born and raised in Ottawa and is of Plains Cree/European decent. Her work explores questions of identity, representation, perception, myth, memory and the environment. Her distinct approach to photographic self-portraiture has been influenced by her experiences working in and exploring remote Canadian landscapes, as well as by contemplations over the complexities of her family heritage. Her solo exhibition Confluence (Curated by Heather Anderson and originating at Carleton University Art Gallery) is travelling to four more venues across Canada."

"Deanna Pizzitelli is a Canadian photo-based artist and educator. She completed her BFA in Photography at Ryerson University, and her MFA at the University of Arizona. With an emphasis on the emotional landscape, Pizzitelli uses analogue processes to explore themes of fantasy, desire, longing and loss. Her practice is motivated by the act of travel, the visual residue of her many intersections with landscape, wildlife and culture. Pizzitelli’s work was recently exhibited at AIPAD: The Photography Show, New York, and Paris Photo, 2017. She has attended residencies in Canada, Iceland and Portugal. She is represented by Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto."

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Anonymous said...

Our faculty, Bob Bean, must have had a really hard time with this year! The work is amazing.

Congratulations to all who took part.

NSCAD University said...

Our faculty member, Bob Bean, must have had a really hard job with this years entrants. They are all AMAZING!

Congratulations to all who took part.

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